2014 GUFC Annual Conference Set for October in Athens

The 24th Georgia Urban Forest Council Annual Conferenceice on leaves - microsoft clip art and Awards Program is planned for October 22 and 23 at the Classic Center 300 N. Thomas Street, in Athens.  This year, we will look at Ice Storm 2014:  Lessons Learned in Urban Forestry – Preparing for Nature’s Next Big Event.   GUFC’s signature educational event will present a general overview of how this storm affected communities; how to be better prepared through making storm mitigation plans; performing tree assessments before the storm happens; working with staging areas for debris and wood utilization; communicating with the media; understanding declared vs. undeclared events; working with FEMA, GEMA, and strike teams; making scenario assessments; and learning more about damage and recovery of iced trees.

Join us for excellent general session talks, concurrent sessions,  tours, and our annual urban forestry awards luncheon.

10 ISA CEUs will be available.  SAF Forestry CFE hours:  7, category 1 and 4.5, category 2.

Certificate of Attendance available for landscape architects and others.


  • $135 for members (includes a $10 donation to Georgia ReLeaf)
  • $160 for non-members (includes discounted GUFC membership and a $10 donation to Georgia ReLeaf)

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Need lodging for the annual conference?  A block of rooms has been reserved for GUFC at the Classic City Hilton Garden Inn, 390 East Washington Street in Athens.  $119 – Standard King or Two Queen Beds.  Call 706-353-6800.  Rate good until 10/1/14.

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GUFC College Canopy ConferenceBerry 4September 17, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Berry College
2277 Martha Berry Highway, NW
Mt. Berry, Georgia 30149 (Rome)

Responsible for trees on a college campus? Don’t miss this year’s college canopy conference on the beautiful Berry College Campus, in the Krannert Center.  Both technical and administrative tracks make up this year’s conference:  Why Trees Fall Down; Critical Root Zones on Construction Sites; Pests and Diseases plus Management Plans, iTree for Tree Inventories, and Trees and Sustainability Plans.  This conference is for physical plant managers, landscape directors and crews, arborists, college administrators and anyone responsible for the healthy urban forests of college campuses. See agenda here. Great opportunity for networking with your colleagues from colleges and universities, public and private, across Georgia.  For directions, click here. See map of Berry College here

4.5 ISA Certified Arborist and Municipal Specialist CEUs will be available.  Up to 5.5 SAF Continuing Forestry Education hours.  Certificate of Attendance available for landscape architects and others.   Lunch included.

Registration fee: $50
Register here.

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Coverage of State Arbor Day Event in Rome

Watch this news video created by reporter Bradley Tilka to learn about GUFC and theIMG_0005 State Arbor Day event in Rome in February:


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SHADE Magazine is here – in Electronic Flipbook form!GUFC_SHADE_2014-2015.indd  The 2014 issue of SHADE is brimming with informative articles on creating green infrastructure, the public health benefits of trees and green spaces, re-greening to reduce stormwater flow, controlling the risk and managing the liability of trees, creating urban orchards, saluting Georgia Tree Campus USAs, the urban forestry accomplishments of volunteers and practitioners from around the state and so much more.  We hope you enjoy Shade Magazine in this new format!  Click here or on the image for your copy.


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GUFC Inducted into 2013 Class of The Home Depot Foundation’s Building Community Network

On November 19, the Georgia Urban Forest Council (GUFC) attended The Home Depot HDF_Logo_std_HiRes_R#19DF35Foundation and Georgia Center for Nonprofits’ annual Building Community Network Kick-Off Luncheon, held at Piedmont Park, where GUFC was inducted into the Building Community Network Class of 2013. GUFC was one of 20 Atlanta-area nonprofit organizations invited to join this year. At the end of the day, GUFC also received a surprise $20,000 donation from The Home Depot Foundation!

As part of Class of 2013, GUFC joins nearly 150 alumni that participated in prior years and will have the opportunity to build partnerships with these organizations to build a stronger Atlanta.

“Atlanta is a strong, vibrant community because of the nonprofit organizations that dedicate their work to improving the city and lives of its residents,” said Kelly Caffarelli, president of The Home Depot Foundation. “It takes great vision and a lot of hard work to create and sustain innovative, impactful programs, and we thank our 2013 Class for the meaningful impact they are making on our community. We hope their participation will foster new relationships that will enhance their work and welcome them to the Building Community Network family.”

The Home Depot was founded in Atlanta in 1979. With 60 stores and almost 20,000 associates who live and work in Metro Atlanta, The Home Depot Foundation works daily to make a positive impact on its hometown through strategic grant making and numerous volunteer activities. Over the last six years, The Home Depot Foundation has donated more than $35 Million to 1,000 Atlanta nonprofit organizations.

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Community Forest Storm Mitigation Planning
Trees are an important part of our community’s infrastructure. They provide us with many valuable and irreplaceable environmental, economic, and social benefits. But, during a storm, our trees are also at risk and can cause significant damage not only to infrastructure but also to personal property.

Community Forest Storm Mitigation plans serve as a guide for assessing current storm readiness, for creating a summary of your community’s current forest management program and as a storm mitigation checklist.

A Community Forest Storm Mitigation Planning Workbook and Template are available at this link: http://www.gfc.state.ga.us/community-forests/management/trees-storm-safety/

PowerPoint presentations from community forest storm mitigation workshops are available here: http://www.gufc.org/resources/presentations/

Please contact the Georgia Forestry Commission Sustainable Community Forestry Program staff if you need any assistance with your plan.

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